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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (July 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452101108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452101101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-When optimistic Rabbit and unlucky Mouse go on a picnic, there is plenty of good news and bad news. Some good news-umbrella, apples, cake, cave. Some bad news-rain, worms, bees, bear. Unfortunately, all the bad seems to happen to Mouse, who eventually has a hissy fit that makes Rabbit cry. But as the sun breaks through the clouds, Mouse makes it all better with a peace offering of the picnic basket and a hug. Mack creates a solid story arc using only the phrases "good news"/"bad news," and his illustrations. Indeed, the art is the heart of this picture book, offering excellent depictions of events and facial expressions. When Mouse finally snaps, his understandable anger and frustration come through loud and clear. This title fits into the niche containing Remy Charlip's Fortunately (S & S, 1984) and Michael Foreman's Fortunately, Unfortunately (Andersen, 2011). Good for storytimes or independent reading or independent looking.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Offering a picnic basket, Rabbit announces, “Good News,” to his friend Mouse, who then points at the approaching rain, warning, “Bad News.” Rabbit shares an umbrella as “good news,” but a strong wind prompts the rat to declare it “bad news.” Ever the optimist, Rabbit proposes “good news” solutions, and pessimistic Mouse grouses about the dangers, until the roles reverse as the sun emerges, perfect for a picnic. Reminiscent of Remy Charlip’s Fortunately (1964), this, too, has an ending twist with Mouse’s change of heart. While the text uses just four words, the cartoon-style mixed media art quickly establishes the distinctive personalities on the cover and title page. Rabbit’s consistently broad smile contrasts with Mouse’s expressions, which grow increasingly more exasperated. The expressive illustrations are large enough for groups of children, who will eagerly anticipate the predictable pattern. The four-word vocabulary also makes this a satisfying book for new readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Linda Perkins

More About the Author

Jeff Mack is the creator of picture books and early graphic novel readers including Hush Little Polar Bear and the Hippo and Rabbit series. He has also illustrated award winning picture books and chapter books such as Eve Bunting's Hurry! Hurry! and James Howe's Bunnicula and Friends.

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Mack grew up fascinated by monsters and robots. He built his own pinball machines from cardboard boxes, and created comic books about his four siblings being devoured by monsters.

In 1995 he began painting murals for restaurants, hospitals, and libraries. Five years later, he was writing and illustrating children's books in an ever-increasing range of styles.

Now at home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write, paint, and talk with school groups about his various projects. Visit him at www.JeffMack.com.

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With only two words to know, she can easily read the entire book on her own.
John Ertl
Good things happen and bad things happen, and a character speaks up to say "Good news" or "Bad news."
K. Davis
The book is made of wonderful pictures that illustrate the story beautifully.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Burgmicester VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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This is a clever concept. The book is made of wonderful pictures that illustrate the story beautifully. But the best thing about this book is that this grandparent can tell a different story each and every time. With the baseline story and pictures, it is easy to fill in more and more with each telling. It never gets boring because you can re-tell the moral of the story in any fashion you desire. I don't know if this was intended or not, but I really like the concept.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Johns VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
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The good news is that this book is brilliant and funny. The bad news is...ummm...let's see...nope, can't think of any bad news! This book only uses four different words, but those four words, combined with the terrific artwork, manage to convey an entertaining story about a picnic gone terribly wrong. Because so much of the story is told through the images, it should be completely accessible to even the youngest children.

The story also carries a subtle message about the merits of optimism and pessimism. The two characters are polar opposites, with the rabbit embodying complete commitment to viewing the positive in any situation, while the mouse can't help but see the downside in every situation. But the conflict between the two builds tension that in the end changes the characters, and can provide parents with ideas to discuss with children who are a bit older. An excellent book for parents and children to share.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on August 7, 2012
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This book is so much fun. My grandson loved explaining why some things were "good news" and why other situations were not. The fact that each page just has two words, we were able to act out all kinds of drama and silliness into the emotion of the image. He was giggling and never tired at the explanations. A fun read that can be made into a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2012
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The characters, budding friends, a rabbit and a mouse, don't speak throughout their up and down adventures. A narrator says "good news" or "bad news" depending on the situation, cupcakes falling in their lap, a picnic basket, apples falling from a tree. But these goodies are interrupted by rain, bees, and a raging bear. The minimal text allows the parent, the reader, to fill in the blanks and ask questions to their toddlers.

The art work is excellent and the subtext, two different creatures forging a friendship through a struggle, is a good theme for toddler.

My twin girls, 2 years old, love the illustrations.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.H. on April 20, 2014
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I wish I could give this book 6 stars we loved it and laughed for hours. My nephew carries it everywhere he goes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelley VINE VOICE on October 19, 2012
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This is a nice book for beginning readers and preschoolers. It is fun to use this book, not only for the three words used, but for the child to examine the pictures and "fill in" the story-- what makes each character think something is good or bad? Great for beginning to teach that situations depend in large part how you view them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee O Pruitt VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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This may be the first kids book I thought was funny enough to laugh out loud as the mom. My husband even admitted he laughed. It's cute, easy for little ones to read, too. I think it has a broad age appropriateness range.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Ross VINE VOICE on October 3, 2012
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Good News Bad News is a short, colorfully illustrated book aimed at nursery school-aged children or younger, who are maybe just learning to read. Good News Bad News can essentially be classified as a picture book, as it only contains the words "Good News" on one page, followed by "Bad News" on the opposing page, and there is no overarching story. So while it may not help a child develop their vocabulary, it will help develop concepts of "good" versus "bad," as each scenario depicts a different good and bad scene.

Overall, a fun, clever and amusingly illustrated book, enjoyed by both adults and children.

One quick edit: after having this book for over a week now, I discovered just how durable the pages of this book are, thanks to a hands-y 18-month-old, who attempted to rip the pages in half, but ultimately could not. So it should stand up to even the most active kids!
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